EyeWiki is Among AAO's Most Used Resources
The American Academy of Ophthalmology Board of Trustees announced in December the election of Columbia Ophthalmologist Dr. James Auran to the position EyeWiki Editorial Board member.
An honor bestowed by American Academy of Ophthalmology Committee members and chairs, the volunteer position encompasses a one-year term and is voted on by the Board of Trustees. As a member of an Academy committee, Dr. Auran will play a key role in the Academy’s ability to meet its goals and objectives and serves an important oversight function for one of the Academy’s most robust armamentaria, EyeWiki, the “Eye Encyclopedia written by Eye Physicians & Surgeons.”
Launched in 2010 by then editor-in-chief Dr. Aaron Miller and Deputy-Editor-in-Chief Dr. Brad Feldman, the current editors in these roles are Drs. Marcus Marcet and Penny Asbell, respectively. Since its inception, the volume of entries to http://eyewiki.org, a volunteer-contributed information resource, have continued to grow in the publication that is the collaboration between the AAO and more than a dozen societies, as noted at the website.
Last February, EyeWiki was reported to have 818 user-contributed articles and 70 active volunteer content reviewers, according to the AAO website. With stats that include 3.1 million visitors and 7.2 million page views, the site boasts a robust 62% of its traffic from outside of the US. It is reportedly the Academy’s most used, web-based educational resource that counts a total of 1,526 ophthalmologists and ophthalmologists-in-training among its contributors. Of that total, some 65% are in America; 12% are in Asia Pacific; 9% are in Europe, and 7% each are from Latin America and The Middle East/Africa, respectively. EyeWiki supports international contributors as well as US residents and fellows.